Land of Nod Inspired Play Microwave

07.31.11 By //
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This kitchen microwave toy is perfect for the kiddos whose houses or rooms are not exactly plentiful on square footage. This will easily fit on a shelf or dresser top for hours on end of playtime fun! I’m sure you can imagine what might be coming next!

  • Tape Measure
  • Square
  • Sander
  • Drill
  • 1 1/2″ Hole Saw Bit – or a jig saw, belt saw, patience and a sander…any of these will work.
  • Saw – you can have your local lumber supply cut your boards to their overall dimensions for you and then use a jig saw to make the detailed cuts if you like.
  • Kreg Jig – you can purchase a solid table top round at any size that suits your purpose, or you can fasten together boards using your pocket hole system.
  • 1 1/2″ x 1/4″ dowel pegs, or 1/4″ dowel rod cut to size – you will only need 2 of these at very short lengths.
  • 1/4 sheet 1/2 plywood or mdf
  • 1- 1×2 at 6′
  • # 8 – 1 1/2″ Wood Screws
  • #8 – 2″ Wood Screws – if you aren’t using a Pocket Hole System
  • 1 1/4″ Pocket Hole Screws – if you are using a pocket hole system to create the door
  • 1 1/2″ x 1/4″ dowel pegs, or 1/4″ dowel rod cut to size
  • 2 – 1/4″ x 1 1/2″ carriage bolts or hex bolts with 1/4″ diameter of the shaft, you want the head to have a hexagon shape.
  • 2 – nuts in the appropriate size for the back end.
  • Countersink Bit
  • Wood Glue
  • Wood Filler
  • Sandpaper
  • Finishing Supplies
  • Clear thin Acrylic sheeting – this is optional and you can opt to skip this leaving the opening in the door, open.
Cut List
  • 2 – 1/2″ ply or mdf at 11 1/4″ x 7 1/2″ Top and Bottom
  • 2 – 1/2″ ply or mdf at 7 1/2″ x 6″ Sides
  • 1 – 1/2″ ply or mdf at 10 3/4″ x 6″ Back
  • 1 – 1/2″ ply or mdf at 3 1/4″ x 6″ Front Panel
  • 2 – 1×2 at 6″ Door Stiles
  • 2 – 1×2 at 4″ Door Rails
  • 2 – 1 1/2″ Circular Knobs – create from 1×2

Before beginning to build, always check in on my site to make sure you have the most up to date set of plans, I occasionally update and change the plans to make the building process easier or to allow for less expensive purchasing of materials! Read through the entire set of instructions and all comments before beginning this project. If you print out or save plans, be sure to check in on my site to be sure you have the most up to date set of plans, as I occasionally update things for ease of building or buying. If you are new to building, read through the GETTING STARTED section and other articles found under the BUILD tab in the menu on my site, it has valuable information about how to get started, tools and techniques. If you are unfamiliar with the finishing process, visit my Finishing school for some tips and tricks for painting like a pro and for special finishing practices. Use glue to secure your joints and Consider Painting or Staining individual sections prior to assembling. This makes the paint application virtually flawless. Coat with a spray on Poly or Wipe on Poly to protect your finish and your piece and it will last for ages. Adhere to all safety standards and guidelines, and be sure you follow safety protocol throughout your build. If you are unsure about whether you are building safely, run a quick online search for the tool or technique you are using, or contact me via email or post to the forum before you move ahead. My contact info can be found in the menu of my site.

Step 1
Step 1

Cut your bottom, sides, and back. Fasten together using glue and 1 1/2″ wood screws.

Step 2
Step 2

At 1/2″ from the edge of your side panel and 3/8″ from the front edge of your bottom, you will create a hole using a 3/8″ drill bit and a depth collar at the 1/4″ mark on your drill. You can actually wrap your drill bit with tape and visually know when to stop drilling. The idea is that you drill 1/4″ down into the bottom panel and stop. You will do this on your top panel as well, only since it isn’t attached to the sides yet, you will measure out 1″ from the side edge and 3/8″ from the front and drill 1/4″ down into the panel.

Step 3
Step 3

You will construct your door and fasten the front panel in place. To construct the door, either use your pocket hole system set for 3/4″ stock and 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws, or use your 2″ screws and wood glue. Use 1 1/2″ Screws and glue to fasten the front panel in place.

Step 4
Step 4

Drill your hole into the top and bottom of the left most stile on your door. You will adjust your depth to be equal to the length necessary if you subtract 3/8″ from the total length of your dowel peg. that number will be how far down into your door stile the dowel peg will sit. place your depth collar at that level on your drill bit, or a piece of tape. The hole should be placed 3/8″ in from the edge and precisely 3/8″ in from the front and back of the door stile (vertical piece) or precisely in the center.

Step 5
Step 5

Place your dowel pegs into the bottom panel and the top of the door. Do not glue!

Step 6

Set the door onto the bottom panel peg. Again, do not glue!

Step 7
Step 7

Set your top panel onto the Top Door Peg and fasten the Top to the Side panels and the Front Panel. Do not fasten to the door or glue the top door peg in place!

Step 8
Step 8

Drill 3/8″ holes into the Front Panel. This should give your bolt room to spin! After you have cut your circles to size, fasten the bolt through the front of the knob, and let it rest through the hole in the front panel, then attach a nut on the back. Keep it loose so that it will spin properly.

Finishing Instructions

Fill any Screw, Nail or Pocket Holes, Sand and Finish as Desired. For Finishing Tips and Tricks visit my Finishing School

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